The Brazilian, David Luiz reveals how he would love to wear the Benfica shirt again in what would be a special return.
Benfica was David Luiz first stop in Europe which gave him his big break in European football. Luiz was 19-years-old when he joined the Aguila from Vitoria on an initial loan move with only a handful of professional appearances under his belt.
Nevertheless, the defender did enough to convince Benfica to permanently sign him in the 2007 summer. Luiz went on to spend four years in Portugal before switching to Chelsea for a fee of 25 million euros.
Record transfer fees, a hatful of silverware at Chelsea and PSG and more than 50 Brazil caps followed. However, he still remembers his days with the Lisbon side fondly and recalled that he was reluctant to leave in the first place.
“I was scared to leave Benfica, scared to start a new story.” Said the current Arsenal defender.
“So Rui, the director of football pulled me aside and talked to me. I was scared to bring my story at Benfica to a close, my love and the pleasure I had for living in that country and playing for Benfica.”
“I told Costa I don’t want to go and that I wanted to stay. He told me something that touched my heart: the doors will always be open for you. You need to show off your football to the whole world.”
On Wednesday, Luiz turned 32 and he is entering the final stage of his career. Moreover, pulling on Benfica’s famous red shirt again is definitely part of his plans.
“I never lost connection with Benfica. I have that in my heart. Everybody knows I want to come back. Luiz explained.
“I want to wear a Benfica shirt again and feel that sensation. The day I come back to the Estadio da Luz is going to be very special, one of the greatest feelings of my life.”
Since completing a move from Chelsea last summer, Luiz has been in Arsenal’s first team. He has had 32 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions and he hit the net twice.